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Helmsley Scholar Awards Competition participants

Resident physicians at Billings Clinic recently participating in the Helmsley Scholar Awards Competition (pictured left to right) are: Frank Reed, MD; Claire Oakley, PhD, MHA; Julie Biecken, PhD; James Rankin, MD; Julia Robison, MD; Brian Reidy, DO; Jennifer Eitington, MD; TyaJean Mabee, MD; Meredith Terry, MD; Sarah Mete, DO; and Thomas Brockhoft, MD.

The Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency selected two residents as 2018 Helmsley Scholars.

According to a press release, the residency scholars are Jennifer Eitingon, MD, for her “Disparities in End Of Life Priorities Between Urban and Rural Populations” project; and Meredith Terry, MD, for her “An Evaluation of Delays in Diagnosis and Treatment of Rural Breast Cancer Patients in Montana” project.

The Helmsley Scholar program is a $10,000 grant opportunity for outstanding medical residents to perform scholarly inquiry, as well as report, write, publish and present findings regionally and nationally. A grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program funds the program. This is the second annual Helmsley Scholar Awards Competition.

During the competition, eight residents presented a written proposal and made an oral presentation on a research topic specific to rural health. Competitive selection was based on scientific merit, overall coherence, the relation to rural health care, and the ability to complete the project in one year.

The research projects were judged by experts in medical education and population health, including Frank Reed, MD, Missoula family medicine physician; Julie Beicken, PhD, Rocky Mountain College sociology professor; and Claire Oakley, PhD, MHA, program director of population health at RiverStone Health.

In addition to the winners, the competition featured the following projects by resident physicians at Billings Clinic:

  • TyaJean Mabee, MD, “Scheduled Melatonin in the Rural, Medication Naïve, Hospitalized Patient”
  • Sarah Mete, DO, “Evaluating the Necessity and Benefit of Hands-on ACLS Training in Rural Communities”
  • Thomas Brockhoft, MD, “How Distance From Endoscopy Centers Impacts Rural Montanans' Colonoscopy Screening Adherence”
  • Julia Robison, MD, “Improving Heart Failure Health Knowledge in Rural Communities”
  • Brian Reidy, DO, “Identifying Key Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Rural and Urban Montana Residents”
  • James Rankin, MD, “Assessing Perceived Need and Possible Solutions for Mental Healthcare in Rural Montana”

When the Helmsley Scholars’ projects are complete, the residents and faculty mentors will attend a regional or national conference to present their research findings.

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